When I was younger, my dad and I planted a large vegetable garden every year. We always grew tomatoes of all sizes (cherry to beefmasters), green beans and snow peas.
Every year, we had a huge crop of tomatoes- so many that we had to wrap the green tomatoes in newspaper and pack them in boxes in the basement at the end of the growing season.
When my mom and I planted, it was a huge array of impatients. They always flourished and were beautiful all summer. They grew well in the shade and were extremely hearty.
When Terry and I moved to AK, I was given 3 ivy plants and a cactus, all of which are not easy to kill. I killed them all within a month somehow. In my defense, I am fairly sure that those plants were not meant to grow in Alaska.
Terry gave me an orchid for my first mother’s day. It lasted a whopping two months before giving up. I was sad and decided it was probably better if I didn’t bother with plants for a while.
This year, I decided to try my hand at growing plants again. I debated about what to get and finally decided to get a cheap strawberry plant kit. My thinking was: strawberry plants grow easily when they are wild. I did not realize that the kit came with strawberry seeds, which take forever to grow.
After at least a month, two shoots popped through and I was thrilled. They survived for a while, then the leaves fell off. The kit was crap, as you can see:
Terry offered to buy me a bigger strawberry plant and let me pick one out. I chose one that looked hearty and difficult to kill within the first few days.
Can you guess what happened?